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On the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens, and landscapes.

Joanne and Matthew believe it's important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

Each week, they educate their listeners on how to seasonally manage their gardens and landscapes. Joanne and Matt learn right along with their listeners, from each other, from their research, and from the many guests who join them on their show. 

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Aug 30, 2022

This week on the Down the Garden Path podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing close off the month of August by answering listener questions about the seasonal stressors we're experiencing in our gardens.

Tune in to hear Joanne and Matthew discuss seasonal stressors in your August garden.

Here are some of the questions and topics covered in this episode:

  • Is it one or two inches of water every week for our lawns?
    • What about in this drought here in the GTA? More water?
  • Reminder to water newly planted trees.
  • Using water timers on hoses to help with watering.
  • Any tips for choosing an apple tree for my yard?
  • How do we apply nematodes?
    • When's the best time?
  • Watering for a week at night for nematodes: won't that do the damage you talk about for our lawn?
  • Is fall a good time to plant?
  • Growing an aloe plant

Resources mentioned during the show

Suzanne Poizner's Urban Forestry Show on

Applying Nematodes

Down the Garden Path Podcast

Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade. A horticulturist and landscape designer, Matthew Dressing owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, they do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and useful topics to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.

In their new book, Down the Garden Path: A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden, Joanne and Matthew distill their horticultural and design expertise and their combined experiences in helping others create and maintain thriving gardens into one easy-to-read monthly reference guide. It's now available on Amazon.